National Newswatch

Alberta’s top court overturns oilsands project approval over Aboriginal concerns

Apr 24 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's highest court has overturned regulatory approvals for a $440-million oilsands project that would have encroached on land a First Nation considers sacred. In a strongly worded judgment, three Alberta Court of Appeal justices ruled that the Alberta Energy Regulator violated the honour of the Crown when it approved the proposal even though the […]

Federal oilpatch bailout focus on cleanup of abandoned wells, reduced emissions

Apr 17 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Industry and environmental groups welcomed a multibillion-dollar oilpatch bailout package Friday, but both were looking for more from the federal government. "We are awaiting additional details on the expansion of support, a critically important matter as companies try to weather the current crisis," said Tim McMillan of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. "(Money) should be […]

‘Little to do with COVID:’ Landowners, law experts criticize well cleanup bill

Apr 8 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Landowners and legal experts say Alberta's hastily passed bill to help clean up the province's huge stockpile of abandoned energy facilities harms property rights without addressing why the problem exists in the first place. They say the United Conservative government, which passed the bill in three days in an emergency session last week — despite […]

Alberta suspends environmental reporting requirements over COVID crisis

Apr 3 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta has suspended environmental reporting requirements for industry under emergency powers the province has enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "All requirements to report information pursuant to provisions in approvals or registrations are suspended," reads a ministerial order signed Tuesday by Environment Minister Jason Nixon. Since Alberta's regulatory system depends on self-reporting, the move effectively suspends […]

Environment groups, churches, unions ask oil bailout for families, not companies

Mar 24 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Some Canadian organizations are asking the federal government to focus any bailout of the oil industry on workers and families, not corporations. The request comes in an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, released Tuesday morning and signed by environmental organizations, faith and labour groups that the signatories say represent about 1.3 million people. "Giving […]

Science summary: A look at novel coronavirus research around the globe

Mar 24 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Thousands of scientists around the world are working on problems raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of some recent research from peer-reviewed academic journals and scientific agencies: --- The United-States-based Center for Disease Control has assessed how the coronavirus affects different age groups. Out of 4,226 COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the […]

Science summary: A look at novel coronavirus research around the globe

Mar 24 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Thousands of scientists around the world are working on problems raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of some recent research from peer-reviewed academic journals and scientific agencies: --- The United-States-based Center for Disease Control has assessed how the coronavirus affects different age groups. Out of 4,226 COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the […]

Territories prepare for novel coronavirus with limited health facilities

Mar 12 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Arctic governments are bracing for the potential impact of the novel coronavirus in far-flung, isolated communities with often overcrowded homes. "The (Northwest Territories) recognizes the limited health system capacity in high Arctic and rural communities to respond to a COVID-19 outbreak," said Umesh Sutendra, spokesman for the territory's Health Department. No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed […]